Bunker Hill Monument, Boston

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Set in Boston's National Historical Park, Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the first major conflict in the American Revolutionary War. Though popularly known as the Battle of Bunker Hill, most of the fighting of June 17, 1775, took place on Breed's Hill, where the monument stands today. You can climb 294 steps to the top of the 67 m (221 ft) granite obelisk to discover far-reaching views of the city. An adjacent lodge with exhibits explains more about the historic battle and houses a statue of Dr. Joseph Warren, a major-general who died during the battle's final assault. Use our Boston road trip planner to arrange your visit to Bunker Hill Monument and other attractions in Boston.
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  • Those who follow history at all, even a little bit, no what happened at Bunker Hill. This monument does a great job discussing the events of the battle. Bring your hiking boots if you want to see the ...  more »
  • Monument in pretty part of Boston. Was unable to climb the stairs as it was closed for heat reasons. This was disappointing as the view would have been great. Grass around the monument fine for sittin...  more »
  • We went there when we got to the end of the Freedom Trail. There is not a lot to see and it is far from most of the attractions in Boston. Not sure if we would go all the way to the end of the Freedom...  more »
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  • A must visit for any first time Boston visitor, this is a historic monument commemorating the first major battle between the British and the Patriot forces in the American Revolutionary War. The monument itself and the visitor center in front are accessible to all, the 294 stairs to reach the top is not for the faint of heart, or the claustrophobic, space is tight, you will encounter people descending as you are ascending and contact is inevitable. There's also not much space at the top, so it's better to plan the visit when there's less visitors (try calling beforehand and asking when is the best time). Otherwise, the view from the top is quite nice and the wind will refresh you.
  • The 220-foot-high stone obelisk of Bunker Hill Monument is easily visible from all over Boston, so it only makes sense that the view from it is pretty impressive. It sits atop Breeds [not Bunker] Hill, and is part of the Boston National Historic Park. At its base is a small museum with one or two interpretive rangers. Entrance is free, although donations are accepted. The spiral staircase to the top has 294 steps. They are helpfully numbered every 25 steps, so you can pace yourself. At the top there are four windows that look over Boston, Cambridge, Charlestown, and Boston Harbor. There are rings near the windows that were previously used to hang flags on holidays, before glass was put in the windows. There is also a very small brass cannon from the battle hanging on one wall. If you are in shape, this is a great way to get a beautiful view of the whole area. I recommend it.
  • Really cool spot. Rich history. Did not make it to the top due to having my backpack and had already walked 10+ miles that day, but will likely return. It's free to visit and walk up. There is a museum across the street too. It has a gift shop, but the exhibits are free to look at .
  • Tough climb to the top. Take your time and some water! Wonderful views of the city! Rain snow or shine!
  • It's one of the Freedom Trail sites and is instrumental in America's quest for independence from British rule. The elevation is not very high so it's not daunting to reach. The views are not quite scenic; you'll need a higher elevation for that. If you are doing the Freedom Trail tour and are coming from downtown Boston, you can walk for about 40 minutes or take a 20-minute bus ride. If you're coming from the USS Constitution, it's only a 10-minute walk.
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